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Basingstoke Voluntary Action is a charitable company limited by guarantee (Charity Registration Number 1077442 / Company Ltd by Guarantee Number 3802713) and is governed by a Board of Trustees.

At BVA’s most recent AGM, on the 25th October 2017, our Chair, Alan Turvey, stood down as a BVA trustee. Alan had served on BVA’s board for eight years and as Chair for the last four years. At the AGM, fellow trustee Andy Taylor thanked Alan for his great contribution both to the charity and to the local community and for his very hard work on BVA’s behalf.

Our next Annual General Meeting will held on Friday the 28th of September 2018 and is open to all member groups. The Basingstoke Voluntary Action annual report is available on request. If you would like a copy please contact us.

Our Board comes from a variety of business and charity backgrounds and bring with them a wealth of knowledge and expertise.

Our Board

Carol Bode: Chair of Trustees

Carol Bode: Chair of Trustees

Carol joined BVA as a Trustee in September 2016 having been invited by the Chairman and CEO to facilitate strategic planning sessions with the Trustee Board and consider key governance arrangements. When Carol was asked to become a BVA Trustee she was pleased to do so.

After 30 years in leadership and management roles in Sainsbury’s, Top Shop, The AA and GMAC-RFC, Carol now devotes her time to organisations which have a strong social purpose and set of core values. Today, Carol holds Board Director roles in the NHS as Chair of Wiltshire Health and Care, Chair of the Radian Housing Group, with HCC as Independent Chair of Hampshire Safeguarding Adults Board and also serves as a local Magistrate. Until December 2015, Carol was Chair of Governors at The Costello School.

Carol loves knowing that in some small way she contributes in helping individuals, some living in very vulnerable circumstances, live as independent and fulfilling lives as possible.
She has lived in Basingstoke since 1979 so has seen Basingstoke and surrounding areas develop and continue to do so. Carol is married with grown up sons and loves photography!

Gilda McIntosh: Trustee

Gilda McIntosh: Trustee

Gilda has lived in Basingstoke since 1970
She worked in banking for almost 27 years where she gained comprehensive financial and accounting skills and undertook specialist roles in graduate mentoring and managing a small group of high net worth clients.

Following her banking career she changed direction completely into the voluntary sector taking an exciting role in management with Citizens’ Advice Bureau for almost seven years... her biggest satisfaction was undertaking the valuable social policy work based on improving client outcomes.

Gilda was the Director of Basingstoke Counselling Service for seven years, an independent charity providing much needed counselling both short term and open ended, to clients.

She has enjoyed 16 years in the health related voluntary sector at Board level gaining good constitutional knowledge and governance skills.
Gilda represents the voluntary sector at the Basingstoke Area Strategic Partnership, The Mental Health Alliance and The Basingstoke Health & Wellbeing Partnership.

She was recently elected to the Board of Governors of the North Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Frank McKenna: Trustee

Frank McKenna: Trustee

After a thirty-one career in commercial banking in Europe, Asia and the Middle East with Standard Chartered Bank, followed by seven years in business development at London Metropolitan University, Frank McKenna now has a portfolio of work across the wider voluntary sector as a trustee, volunteer and organiser and is enjoying the change of outlook.

Frank got to know and appreciate the work of BVA within the local charity community when he was a trustee of two charities based in The Orchard, Basingstoke NeighbourCare, where he was the Treasurer and then Chair of Trustees, and Hampshire Dyslexia Association, where he was the Treasurer. This all started in 2004 and Frank joined the BVA board in 2016.

Besides good governance and sound financial management, Frank’s sector interests include older persons’ issues. He is an affiliate member of the Association of Independent Charity Examiners. If he could find the time, Frank would like the carry out academic research concerning the organisational development cycle of charities around the question: “what is holding back smaller charities from achieving their full potential?”.

Andy Taylor: Trustee

Andy Taylor: Trustee

Trained as a physicist, Andy arrived in Basingstoke with his young family in 1978 to work in medical engineering. He was expecting to stay just a couple of years before moving on to pastures new! However, his work in a local church took over and he has been a leader with Basingstoke Community Churches for almost 37 years.

Andy has worked with homeless and vulnerable housed people for twenty of those years and became a founding member of the team that opened the Camrose Centre in 2008. Mainly due to his work with Camrose, the Foodbank and other local charities, Andy was invited to join the Board of BVA in 2013.

Being a bit of an ageing juvenile, Andy likes doing various hair-raising activities, usually from a great height, and he has been able to raise funds for Camrose through a doing a bungee jump and by climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Mike Browning: Trustee

Mike Browning: Trustee

Mike has been involved in the voluntary sector for more than 30 years, in earlier times as a Scout Leader and Commissioner and for the last 9 years as a Licensed Lay Minister in the Parish of Basingstoke, based at St Michael’s in Church Square. Mike has volunteered at the Camrose Centre for Homeless and Vulnerably Housed People for three years and became a trustee in 2014.

When the charity merged with Basingstoke Voluntary Action, Mike became a trustee of the umbrella organisation in 2016. He has also been a volunteer with the 2016/2017 Night Light Winter Shelter project operated by churches in the town.

In addition to working at the drop-in sessions as a cook and general volunteer, Mike speaks to schools, youth organisations and other groups about the issue of homelessness in our town and what can be done about it.

Tony Capon: Trustee

Tony Capon: Trustee

Tony Capon is Chief Executive of YPI Counselling, a charity in Basingstoke providing support to young people aged 11-25, parents and families of any age. Having held various Trustee, Governor and voluntary sector management roles, he has developed a wide knowledge of charity governance and management including charity law, strategic planning, budgeting, measuring outcomes and performance. Tony is currently studying for an MSc in Voluntary Sector Management at the Cass Business School


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